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How to Polish Enamel Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Enamel paint is strong and resilient, which makes it ideal for projects requiring a durable paint. The paint can be a little dull without some extra attention, though. Fortunately, enamel paint is strong enough to stand up against a light polishing without chipping or tearing. Polishing dry enamel paint can help bring out the strong shine of the paint. As with any polish job, you need to work patiently to achieve the perfect gloss.

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  1. Fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of grease-busting dish soap. Cut light-grain sandpaper (1200-grit to 1600-grit) into strips 1 inch wide and 2 inches long.

  2. Dip the sandpaper strips into the water. Let the strips drip for a minute and then sand the enamel paint surface. Move the sandpaper in quick circular motions over the painted surface.

  3. Replace your sandpaper strip once it clogs with paint residue. Buff the painted surface with a dry microfiber cloth to remove the debris. Microfiber cloth is super soft and won't tarnish the freshly polished paint.

  4. Examine the paint carefully for dips and scratches that you didn't polish away. Sand the enamel paint again in order to remove the remaining scuffs and damage. Buff the surface again to remove the debris.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Microfiber cloth

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